Two new members have been appointed by the Columbia, South Carolina City Council to serve on the board of directors of City Center Partnership, an organization dedicated to keeping Columbia's commercial businesses filled and maintaining area businesses while at the same time attracting new businesses.
The new board members are Donald R. Tomlin Jr., CEO of Tomlin & Co. Inc., a real estate company, and the Rev. Edward McDowell Jr.
Tomlin is a 15-year veteran of the real estate business. He is also an investor in small market newspapers, television stations and radio stations, once owning and managing a media company with 22 radio stations, nine TV stations and 104 daily newspapers located throughout the United States.
Tomlin was the lead investor of Portrait Innovations Inc., a portrait studio that grew to include locations in 40 states and employs more than 1,200 workers.
Presently Tomlin serves the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business' Business Partnership Foundation as a trustee. He sits on the board of directors for the University of South Carolina NROTC Alumni Association and the South Carolina Council on Economic Education. He is also a member of the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing Advisory Board.
He has served on many governmental, civic and business organization boards, including the South Carolina State Housing, Finance and Development Authority; South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority; Invest SC; Business Carolina Inc.; Workshop Theatre and the Columbia Museum of Art.
McDowell serves on the City of Columbia Council, representing District II. A graduate of the Clafin University in Orangeburg, he earned his Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia before becoming ordained as a United Methodist minister.
McDowell has served as pastor in churches throughout South Carolina, as served as district superintendent for the Anderson and Hartsville Districts, where he oversaw 200 churches.
Presently, McDowell serves as associate pastor of Congregational Care at Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington, South Carolina.
He has been involved with many groups and organizations, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Historic Waverly Neighborhood Association, Benedict Allen Community Development Corp., a Board of Trustees member at Columbia College, Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Columbia, the Racial and Reconciliation Committee and the South Carolina Conference Council on Finance and Administration.